Surgeon General

Dear Research Advocate: Earlier this week, I met the new dean of the Duke Medical School, Dr. Mary Klotman. She invited me to talk with young MD-PhD investigators who are part of Duke’s Robert Lefkowitz (A Nobel Laureate) Society. It is extremely powerful to be in a room with so much talent, commitment and promise; I encouraged these accomplished young leaders to look for ways to convey their passion for research outside academia, and offered to help. Young scientists’ innovation and energy are vital, not only to science but to science advocacy. The distinction a ‘laureate’ conveys is inspiring to scientists and non-scientists alike. In recognition of that, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and...
Chronic diseases are a formidable public health challenge for the U.S. with more than 50 percent of Americans living daily with one or more chronic health conditions. The impact of these illnesses can be debilitating for individuals, families and local communities. Approximately 75 cents of every dollar spent on health care in 2009 was related to chronic illnesses which totaled $1.7 trillion . The main weapon available to treat chronic diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, is medications. The average number of medications prescribed per capita increased from 10.1 in 1999 to 12.7 in 2014 . In fact, one of the most effective means to improve health outcomes is to ensure...
We applaud the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. surgeon general, a visionary thinker who is well-equipped to assume the role of America’s doctor. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving public health and unwillingness to accept the status quo: invaluable traits for such challenges as combating Ebola, the obesity epidemic, tobacco-related disease and other complex health issues that confront our nation. His determination to hit the ground running to address health disparities and reduce the stigma of mental health, with a clear understanding of the role of science and innovation in improving health outcomes, is also critically important to advancing...
Excerpt of an op-ed by David Satcher, MD, PhD, honorary chairman of the African American Network Against Alzheimer’€™s, former U.S. surgeon general and Research!America’s 2007 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership award winner, published in The Washington Post . Every February our society measures its progress in the march toward equality as part of Black History Month. But seldom do we discuss inequality in health, an injustice that continues to plague African Americans. A whole host of health disparities remains unaddressed, including Alz­heimer’€™s ’€” a disease that African Americans are two to three times more likely to develop than non-Hispanic whites...
Excerpt of an article published in The Boston Globe on the next surgeon general. President Obama will nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’€™s Hospital as surgeon general of the United States, the White House announced Thursday night. ’€œWe share a belief that access to quality health care is a basic human right,’€ Brigham president Dr. Betsy Nabel said in a statement about Murthy. ’€œI am confident that he will be a passionate advocate and that he will have an extraordinary impact as our nation’€™s surgeon general.’€ Read the full article here .
February 26, 2013 The Board of Directors of Research!America joins me in extending our deepest condolences to Dr. C. Everett Koop’€™s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn the passing of a visionary leader and champion of medical research. Dr. Koop was well-respected and revered by scientists, the public health community and the public at large, thanks to his unceasing commitment to strengthening government support for research to address health threats. As U.S. Surgeon General, he was known as ’€œAmerica’€™s Family Doctor.’€ Notably, by promoting fitness and raising awareness of disease prevention and immunization, he encouraged individuals to take an active role in their health ...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
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